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The Guardian view on cricket: play the game | Editorial

The game is shrinking in its homeland, but it still thrills hundreds of thousandsOnce in a while sport throws up some feat of truly astonishing athleticism. Professional sportspeople operate all the time at a level which most of us could never for a mo…

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Sun and sport to boost UK beer and pizza sales this weekend

Eating and drinking frenzy expected due to events including cricket World Cup and Champions League finalSports fans drinking alcohol, ordering takeaways and firing up their barbecues are set to provide pubs, supermarkets and off-licences with a multimi…

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Arsenal’s ongoing Champions League absence has not been so costly | David Conn

Even if the Gunners miss out in the Europa League for the third year running, Uefa’s ‘market pool’ will soften the blow for nowFor Arsenal, victory in the Europa League final in Baku – Uefa’s widely condemned choice of venue – carries the greater signi…

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Mike Ashley in talks with UAE’s Sheikh Khaled over £350m Newcastle sale

• Several hurdles still to be addressed before sale can proceed• Rafael Benítez’s contract as manager runs out on 30 JuneMike Ashley is negotiating the potential £350m sale of Newcastle United to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emi…

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

Club accounts for 2017-18 show Manchester United spent the most on wages while champions Manchester City had the third-highest billFinancial figures for 2017-18, for the 20 clubs who were in the Premier League during that season. All details from the m…

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Premier League clubs’ record £4.8bn revenues widens gap to rest of Europe

• Figures dwarf record revenues posted by La Liga and Bundesliga• Gulf between Premier League’s top six and rest is also growingThe Premier League’s 20 clubs made record revenues of £4.827bn in 2017?18, paying total wages of £2.8bn, the Guardian’s annu…

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Star players not close matches are the new turn-on for football’s TV viewers | Sean Ingle

Manchester City’s FA Cup final demolition of Watford may have been boring for some but research shows TV audiences want high-quality entertainment rather than unpredictabilityThere was a moment late in Saturday’s FA Cup final when Manchester City turne…

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Rory McIlroy tops UK’s richest young sports star list for third year running

Golfer’s fortune stands at £138mFootballers dominate all-male listThe Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has been named the UK’s richest young sports star for the third year running, increasing his fortune by £28m to £138m, in an all-male list dominate…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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Relegation blues: how a football team’s fortunes can affect a whole city

Sunderland fans could end this season celebrating promotion – but the team’s 2017 and 2018 relegations hurt more than local prideWhen Sunderland AFC take on Portsmouth in the promotion playoff semi-finals this weekend, it won’t just be diehard fans che…

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Formula E losses reach £140m as green racing attracts fresh interest

New teams and sponsors take heart as number of spectators more than doubles in a yearFormula E, the electric-powered racing series, has revealed that its pretax loss widened by 26.7% to £22.6m last year giving it combined losses of £142.2m since it hel…

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Bolton players set to go on strike over unpaid wages at struggling club

• Squad will not play Brentford game unless they receive salaries• Club being sold by Ken Anderson to Laurence BassiniBolton Wanderers players have said they will not play their home match against Brentford on Saturday if they are not paid the money th…

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Ladbrokes owner proposes ban on gambling ads linked to sport

GVC to end sponsorship deals that promote its brands on football shirts or pitchside The owner of Ladbrokes, GVC, the UK’s largest gambling company, has broken ranks with the rest of the industry by announcing a series of proposals to protect problem g…

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Toxic tactics behind Coventry’s slide from FA Cup glory to brink of oblivion

The litigious, intransigent hedge fund that owns the club is bringing a proud institution to its kneesThere are a couple of signposts to help navigate the barmy situation at Coventry City, to understand how a club can be about to make itself homeless a…

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Der Spiegel’s Rafael Buschmann: ‘In Portugal this is a big political scandal’

Journalist who has worked with Football Leaks to expose wrongdoing doubts justice awaits for the website’s founder“He’s more afraid about what will happen on the political stage because football is completely involved in the mechanisms of the Portugues…

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Liverpool paid agents £43.8m over last year – £17m more than rivals

• Chelsea (£26.8m) and Manchester City (£24.1m) are next on list • Spurs made £113m profit in 2017-18 to break Liverpool’s recordLiverpool spent £43.8m on agents’ fees during the past year – around £17m more than any other Premier League club – accordi…

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Rich tennis fans vie for five-year, £100,000 Centre Court tickets

Demand will far exceed supply for Wimbledon debentures going on sale next weekThe super-rich will begin battling it out next week for some of the most expensive and exclusive sports tickets in the world: five-year passes for every match on Wimbledon’s …

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Barclays deal shows women’s game now big-bucks business | Suzanne Wrack

Contract shatters idea that sponsoring women’s sport is the cheap option that makes your brand look goodGamechanger can be a little overused, but in the case of Barclays’ eight-figure sponsorship deal over three years of the FA Women’s Super League tha…

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Barclays unveiled as Women’s Super League sponsor in groundbreaking deal

• Multimillion-pound deal the ‘biggest for women’s sport in UK’• All three major competitions in England now sponsoredThe Football Association has unveiled Barclays as the first sponsor of the newly professional Women’s Super League in what has been de…